The next frozen meatball you eat may be your last. Well, hopefully not. There have been no reports of illness thus far, but over 300,000 pounds of meat have been recalled by New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc, following possible listeria contamination.
Buona Vita produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day, in addition to other ready-to-eat meat and chicken products.
The possible contamination was discovered by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. While no one has come forward yet, listeria has a lengthy incubation period, with infected people sometimes not showing symptoms until two months after contracting the bacteria.
In 2011, more than 30 people died after exposure to listeria from tainted cantaloupe. Hopefully all potentially dangerous Buona Vita products have been recalled, but now's as good a time as any to double-check your meatballs.